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Metro’s “Street Life” in Koreatown

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Earlier this month, Metro released the eighteenth in a series of posters commissioned by Metro Art focusing on the communities that Metro services. This poster of Koreatown is actually a photo collage by by local artist Kyungmi Shin that seeks to capture a day in the life of Koreatown. From Metro's press release:

As seen through the eyes of Shin, Koreatown isdepicted as a photo collage of bustling commerce with storefronts,malls, street life and urban signage that collectively provides a oneday snapshot of this distinct community.

First, let me say the poster is visually stunning and a pretty impressive work of art. I just have one small complaint: For all the talk of "street life" in the release and on the poster, I count a total of one pedestrian and no cyclists. I agree that Koreatown offers some of the best street life in the city, but I find that life in the skateboarders that hang out at the corner of 4th and Manhattan Plaza, the pedestrians streaming in and out of the Wilshire/Western Metro stop and at the outdoor Korean Market; not in strip malls and rows of cars stuck in traffic.

A full sized version of the poster is available here.

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